Jeff Prauer was the Executive Director of the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council (MRAC) from 2008 through 2015, and also served as director of MRAC’s Arts Learning grant program. Previously he was the executive director of COMPAS (Community Programs in the Arts) for 14 years, and was its development director for five years prior. He has also worked in the field of symphony orchestra management. He has served on the board of directors of the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits and is a past chair, and is a past president of the board of the St. Paul Jewish Community Center. He was a founding board member of the Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, a charter arts high school. Jeff holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Northwestern University and continues to perform in the Twin Cities as a professional freelance trombonist.